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A kid's book about a daring hot-air balloon race, with humor & dastardly antics as one team learns, all is not fair when up in the air.
A kid's book about a daring hot-air balloon race, with humor & dastardly antics as one team learns, all is not fair when up in the air.
100 backers pledged $12,083 to help bring this project to life.

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The Magnificent Race #2

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Welcome to The Magnificent Race #2. We recalibrated our goal to increase our odds for success. That is why you will find two campaigns for this project, the first has been canceled. Now, let's make something MAGNIFICENT.

The opening spread.
The opening spread.

The Magnificent Race will be my third fully-illustrated storybook featuring my original, reptilian characters, the Gekkards. This story was inspired by years spent at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. My goal was to create a funny tale that will teach kids the fundamental aspects of ballooning, while also showing them that the small things in life can be magnificent and memorable.

Synopsis of the story: Every spring, in the grasslands of Saurian Grove, teams of reptiles and amphibians gather for the annual hot-air balloon race. When the Gekkard Team arrives at the race, they meet a group of tough-looking snapping turtles. A team who knows how to win races. As the race gets underway, the Gekkard Team soon discovers all is not fair when up in the air. The story is filled with humor, dastardly antics and dilemma as the Gekkard team must choose between winning the race or helping an opponent in trouble.

What age range?  This is not a picture book, but a story book, with a more complex storyline and higher word count than a traditional PB. It is a great fit for kids starting to read own their own. My experience has been that kids even as old 5th grade, enjoy reading the Gekkard tales. 

Concept Art for The Magnificent Race
Concept Art for The Magnificent Race

Where will the money go? The majority of the funds will go to the printer to produce a quality, hardcover, bound-book. While the rest of the money will cover other expenses attached to the campaign, like shipping & handling of rewards, Kickstarter fees, credit card processing fees, taxes, etc. It is our goal to produce a book that is equal or better in quality to what a large publisher might deliver. 

Book Specs: 36 pages, casebound with a gloss hardcover laminate & dust jacket. Trim size is 10.375" x 9", bound along 9" side. The book will be full-color throughout with illustrations on every page. Word count is 833 words.


Team Snapper, the villains of our tale.
Team Snapper, the villains of our tale.

Is the book finished? Almost. The manuscript is complete and has been through the editing process, with about 60% of the illustration work done. That is why we are estimating a April 2015 delivery, to allow time to complete the illustration work and the 6-8 weeks needed for printing. 

Updates: There will be updates to the project as illustrations are finished during the campaign and post-project updates about our timeline should the project successfully fund. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the project.  

Tree Frog Balloon takes the lead.
Tree Frog Balloon takes the lead.

REWARDS

$25 One Book: 1 copy of The Magnificent Race, a matching bookmark and a "Gekkards Rule" pencil. Book can be signed and personalized if desired.

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$40 One Book + Matted Print: This includes 1 copy of The Magnificent Race signed and personalize if desired, a matching bookmark and a "Gekkards Rule" pencil + 1 matted print. These prints fit a standard 11" x 14" frame. Best of all, backer will get to choose the image and mat color. (Please note any 10" x 20" prints on our site are not eligible for this reward. They will not fit mats.)

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$55 Trio of Books: This includes 1 copy of Joey's books; The Gekkleberry TreeTo See the Sea and The Magnificent Race, each with its own bookmark and 3 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. OR you may choose any combination of books. Books can be signed and personalized if desired. 

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$75 Five Books: (Best Value if you only want books) This includes 5 copies of The Magnificent Race, 5 bookmarks and 5 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. OR you may choose any combination of books. Books can be signed and personalized if desired. 

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$100 One Book + Small Art Print on Canvas: This includes a small 12" x 15" Canvas Print with wrap-around edges + 1 copy of The Magnificent Race, 1 matching bookmark and 1 "Gekkards Rule" pencil. Backer can chose what image they want from our online gallery at gekkards.com. Book can be signed and personalized if desired.

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$125 Two Books + 10" x 20" Art Print on Canvas: This includes our tall, narrow works of art. This popular size can fit just about anywhere and includes some of our favorite balloon images, like "Nightglow" and "Chase Crew". In addition to the 10" x 20" canvas print, the reward also includes 2 copies of The Magnificent Race, 2 bookmarks and 2 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. (Please note that "Chase Crew" is actually a 12" x 18" image, but will still be an option for this tier. It is not shown below and more images in this size are available on our website.)

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$150 Two Books + Medium Art Print on Canvas: This includes a medium 16" x 20" Canvas Print with wrap-around edges + 2 copies of The Magnificent Race, 2 matching bookmarks and 2 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Backer can chose what image they want from our online gallery, click link below. Books can be signed and personalized if desired.

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$250 Three Books + Large Art Print on Canvas: This includes a large 20" x 25" Canvas Print with wrap-around edges + 3 copies of The Magnificent Race, 3 matching bookmarks and 3 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Backer can chose what image they want from our online gallery, click link below. Books can be signed and personalized if desired.

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$300 Case of Books: This includes an entire case of The Magnificent Race, 20 Books, 20 matching bookmarks and 20 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Books can be signed and personalized if desired. Perfect for giving the gift of reading. 

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$500 Author/Illustrator Presentation + Five Books: This includes an Author/Illustrator Presentation + 5 copies of The Magnificent Race, 5 bookmarks, and 5 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. This can be for your school, writer's group, church or other organization where Joey will share his journey about becoming an Author/Illustrator and answer questions. School visits can be broken up into multiple presentations if needed. Limited Reward of 5. (Please note this is for the surrounding Phoenix area, Tucson, Flagstaff, etc. See $1300 level for out of state visits.)

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$1000 Original Drawing + Medium Art Print on Canvas + Ten Books: This RARE reward includes 10 copies of The Magnificent Race, 10 bookmarks and 10 "Gekkards Rule" pencils + a Medium Art Print on Canvas where backer can choose image + an ORIGINAL 8" x 10" pencil drawing taken from the book. Rare, because I'm a digital artist. Most of my original sketches remain in my sketchbook, they are rarely sold or given away. Limited reward of 5.

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$1300 Out of State: Author/Illustrator Presentation + 10 Books + Personalized Art Donation to the school. This includes an Author/Illustrator Presentation + 10 copies of The Magnificent Race, 10 bookmarks, and 10 "Gekkards Rule" pencils, plus a personalized piece of art in a 16" x 20" size donated to the school library, art will be an educational theme. All travel expenses and lodging are covered by this donation. The visit can be broken up into multiple presentations if needed. 

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The timeline for this book is based on the work that is complete and the work that is unfinished. After writing and illustrating two previous books, I feel the timeline to be accurate. However, setbacks and issues can arise during the printing/proofing/shipping process that may cause delays. I will be working with the same printer who printed my first two books. They are extremely professional and will deliver a great product. Issues that occur during the process will be communicated through Kickstarter updates on this project. Estimated delivery is April 2015.

Risks and challenges

The timeline for this book is based upon my experience publishing two previous books and I feel it to be accurate. Setbacks may arise during the printing/proofing/shipping process, but I will alert all backers to any delays immediately. Estimated delivery date is May 2015.

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    Book + Matted Print. One signed copy of The Magnificent Race, a bookmark and a "Gekkards Rule" pencil, PLUS an 11" x 14" matted print of my artwork. Backer can choose image and mat color. Visit gekkards.com to see choices.

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    A Trio of Books. This includes one copy of The Gekkleberry Tree, To See the Sea and The Magnificent Race, OR any combination of books. It also comes with 3 bookmark and 3 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Books can be signed and personalized if desired.

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    Five Books. Best value if you only want books. 5 Copies of The Magnificent Race OR any combination of Gekkard books. Plus 5 bookmarks and 5 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Books can be signed and personalized if desired.

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    1 Book + Small Art Print on Canvas. Includes one copy of The Magnificent Race, a bookmark and a "Gekkards Rule" pencil, PLUS a 12" x 15" Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print. Backer will get to choose the image. Please visit our gallery at gekkards.com to view artwork options.

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    2 Books + 10" x 20" Art Print on Canvas. These tall & narrow canvas prints can hang just about anywhere. A few of our most popular balloon images come in this size like "Nightglow" and "Chase Crew". Reward also includes 2 copies of The Magnificent Race, 2 bookmarks and 2 "Gekkards Rule" pencils.

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    2 Books + Medium Art Print on Canvas. Includes two copies of The Magnificent Race, 2 bookmarks & 2 "Gekkards Rule" pencils, PLUS a 16" x 20" Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print. Backer will get to chose the image. Please visit our gallery at gekkards.com to view artwork.

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    3 Books + Large Art Print on Canvas. Includes 3 copies of The Magnificent Race, 3 bookmarks & 3 "Gekkards Rule" pencils, PLUS a 20" x 25" Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print. Backer will get to chose the image. Please visit our gallery at gekkards.com to view artwork.

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    Case of Books. This reward is for the person who likes to give the gift of reading. Reward includes 20 books, 20 bookmarks and 20 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. Books can be signed and personalized if desired.

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    Author/Illustrator Presentation + 5 copies of The Magnificent Race, 5 bookmarks, and 5 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. This can be a presentation for your school, writer's group, church or other organization where Joey will speak about his journey to become an Author and answer questions. School visits can be broken up into multiple presentations if needed. (This is for local area only, Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, etc. See $1300 reward for out of state presentations.)

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    10 Books + Original Pencil Drawing (framed) + Medium Art Print on Canvas. This RARE reward includes 10 copies of The Magnificent Race, 10 bookmarks and 10 "Gekkards Rule" pencils + an ORIGINAL 8" x 10" pencil drawing taken from the book. Rare, because I'm a digital artist. Most of my original sketches remain in my sketch.

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    Out-of-State: Author/Illustrator Presentation + 10 copies of The Magnificent Race, 10 bookmarks, and 10 "Gekkards Rule" pencils. This includes an out-of-state school visit, where travel and lodging expenses are included. This can be broken into multiple presentations if needed. Joey will also donate a piece of personalized art to the school library.

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